Having a skin that gets angry at literally anything and everything is nothing short than dealing with the tantrums of a baby: you love it nonetheless. The fact that everyone’s skin reacts differently under different circumstances is not under question, yet there are some common pollutants that mess with the sensitive skin on a usual ground:
- Being exposed to urban pollutants
- Change in hormone levels
- Undergoing cosmetic treatments, such as lasers, peels and retinol
- Being sleep deprived
- Experiencing stress
If your skin reacts to any of the above listed, here are some of the ways you can curb down the sudden reactions and prevent your skin from breaking up with beauty.
Don’t skip Lemon
People with sensitive skin must add a glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice and warm water to their daily routine, preferably in the morning. The Vitamin C and other antioxidants in the juice would help your skin combat the reactions. It purifies the blood and removes all the toxins that swim in it which help in keeping the skin glowing and free from blemishes and acne along with wrinkles and other skin problems.
Keep the cosmetics light and wise
It’s no rocket science that having a sensitive skin makes it difficult for you to have an open mind about what you apply on your skin. People who have sensitive skin must be very careful when buying as well as applying makeup on their skin during any time of the day. For example, going for a face powder that has a silicone base and fewer preservatives would be advised as it minimises the irritation; follow the same for all the other products that make their way to your skin. Complex anti-ageing creams and serums are a big NO.
Don’t be fussy on makeup; throw the old and cakey makeup away.
Coconut all the way
Extra-virgin pure coconut oil is a natural moisturizer for sensitive skin. It has a decent amount of fatty acids that help in keeping your skin well moisturized and preventing dryness. It penetrates the pores and does the magic from within.
In addition to being an excellent and natural moisturizer, coconut oil is known to treat conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema due to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. The liquid when applied an hour before being exposed to the sun, can act as a sun screen and helps prevent sun damage as well. Along with prevention, it can be an excellent cure for sun burns.
Apply coconut oil on your face, arms and legs and massage with it for five to ten minutes before you go to bed and simply wash it off in the morning. Mix 1 cup of raw, extra-virgin coconut oil in hot bathwater and soak in it for 15 minutes and pat dry thoroughly; viola, happy skin, happy you!
Touch me not
If possible, avoid touching your face throughout the day. Use a clean tissue of wipe if your skin is sweating or oily. Even with a regular hand-washing habit, our hands come into contact with various types of potential irritants and bacteria. Prefer touching your face only in the morning and evenings just when cleansing it or applying makeup. Use clean brushes to apply cosmetics and don’t go too rough when applying the product.
Use gentle shampoo
Don’t forget to keep in mind that the hair products you are using may be having some harsh effects on your on your skin. Shampoo, conditioner, and hair colouring products can cause irritation on the skin when the come in direct contact with in. While rinsing, the product can cause irritation when it comes in contact with your bare skin without your control.
Prefer buying allergen-free shampoos or make your own. For instance, colloidal Oatmeal is a scientifically-proven skin protectant and soother and can act as a great base for a DIY shampoo.
Raw Milk to the rescue
Raw milk is considered to be an excellent cleanser specifically for sensitive skin. Milk has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties in it and works like magic on dry and itchy skin. It helps in getting an even tone to the skin as well.
Dip a cotton pad in raw milk and then dab it on your face. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse your face with lukewarm water.
To take a step further, add ½ teaspoon of gram flour, also called besan, to enough raw milk that it makes a paste of honey consistency. Add and mix in a few drops of raw honey and rose water. After applying it on your face and neck, leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes. Rinse it off using lukewarm water.
Now, undoubtedly, Sunscreen is a very important additive to protect your sensitive skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. What people don’t know that some sunscreens contain toxic ingredients or endocrine-disrupting chemicals which may be extremely harmful for a skin so sensitive. Use one with ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide which are not only effective but safe and offer a broad-spectrum protection devoid of any side effects. It is best to go for a physical or mineral formula. Preferably, you should stick to a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30, which blocks 97 percent of UV rays and isn’t harsh on your skin. No matter the weather, keep a sun screen lotion handy.
Be careful while scrubbing
While you need to scrub away the dead skin once a week, a sensitive skin can not enjoy the luxury of enjoying a carefree detox. Some scrubs can be harsh on the skin and cause damage instead of good. The base of the scrub makes more difference than you think. For a prone skin, go for a gel base instead of cream and prefer smaller beads instead of harsh ones because you need it but it’s not a luxury you can afford without giving attention. Use lukewarm water and be gentle with motions while using.
So, what else do you think you need to tame that feisty skin?